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  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Deploy The Image

    Hello Folks, This is the last post in this series . In previous posts we covered Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building our image by importing the OS and Drivers Finalized the Image with Packages and Application Today we’ll use the image we already...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Packages, Applications and Finalizing the Image

    Hello Folks, Windows XP reached the end of it’s supported life last week . So, let’s resume our Windows 8.1 deployment series in order to help us deploy supported OS versions. In previous posts we covered: Generate an inventory of our environment Setup our workbench to build our image Started building...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Prepare for Lite Touch Installation

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Active Directory Migration from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012 R2

    With the end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 now upon us, April 8th 2014 to be exact, attention now turns to Windows Server or specifically Windows Server 2003. End of support for Windows Server 2003 is currently slated for July 14th 2015 and a great many organizations still...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Machine Inventory

    Hello Folks, In this Windows 8.1 deployment series we have started looking at how we can streamline the deployment of Windows 8.1 in your environment. I know that every environment is different and that some of you will have very specific requirements, However this series looks at a generalized environment...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up – Setup your environment

    Hello Folks, Earlier in March I wrote that I was working on this series that covers the migration of XP to Windows 8.1 from the ground up. In this post we setup our environment. This environment will be crucial to take care of all the phases of our project. Plan Deliver Operate Let get going. First download...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Key Security Improvements Found in Windows 8.1

    Amidst the recent Windows 8.1: Ask Us Anything tour we at CANITPRO have recently embarked on, one question has been repeated more often than not. Said question is namely: “What has Microsoft done to further enable security in its new Windows offering?” While the push to migrate users...
  • Blog Post: Using A Single DSC Configuration for Multiple Servers

    Ok so we’ve showed you some cool things. Building a DSC file, applying that configuration to a remote DMZ server. But one thing you’ll probably have noticed. EACH and EVERYTIME I have done this I have typed in the name of the server in the Configuration. Seems a bit silly doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Simple DSC Configuration File Via PowerShell

    So the last time we chatted we showed you a new feature in Windows PowerShell called “ Desired State Configuration ”. We’ll stick to calling it “DSC” because to be quite honest I LOVE PowerShell but I really hate typing… and it’s a mouthful to say! So today...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8.1 Deployment: From the ground up

    There has been a lot of talk about the end of Windows XP, the end of support for XP that is… As I write this post there is only a few days left for Windows XP support. What is end of support? (the following is taken word for word from here) After 12 years, support for Windows XP will...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2012 R2 Core Server: I love it!

    Hello folks, These days Anthony and I have been delivering IT Camps across this Great country of ours… and we love the conversations we have with IT pros. But I always talk about my preference for core servers over servers with full GUI and even over MinShell . I even did a whole Hyper-v series where...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Tips: Analyzing Possible Storage Savings Via The Deduplication Evaluation Tool

    Introduced in Windows Server 2008 and enhanced in Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2, the Disk Deduplication tool is an exemplarity tool used by IT professionals to save storage space amidst the infrastructure they manage. The storage space saved is reclaimed from duplicate files being removed utilizing...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 7: Virtual Machine Configuration

    Hello Folks, In our “ From The Ground Up ” series, we have setup a SCVMM managed Hyper-V Failover Cluster. From the storage all the way to the clustering. Today we we’ll look at creating a virtual machine on our cluster via the GUI and later, using PowerShell. If you feel like doing it and getting your...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Building Your Own Lab on Windows Server 2012 R2

    CANITPRO Camps have started with events already taking place across this great nation. Many who attend the said Camps are appreciative for the time made available through labs to learn the advantages hands on offerings such as Windows Server 2012 R2. Frequently the question in regards to how an attended...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 6: Clustered Shared Volume & Optimize.

    Hello Folks, Finally… Step 6 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. Today we we’ll finish the storage equation by assign Shared Storage using iSCSI for our Cluster Shared Volume and we will optimize our cluster. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 5: Shared Storage and Clustering

    Hello Folks, Here we are with Step 5 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. In this episode we’ll create the shared storage that our Hyper-V cluster will utilize to store the virtual machine. And start the clustering configuration. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V and SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 4: Logical Switches

    Hello Folks, Here we are with Step 4 of our “ From The Ground Up ” series. today we start pulling thing together. If you feel like doing it and getting your hands on Hyper-V and SCVMM you can download Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 , setup your own lab and try it for yourself. In SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 3: Networking Part 3

    hello folks, This is the 5th post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. in the previous week we covered the following: Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2 Clustering & Resiliency – Storage . Networking - Creating NIC teams and Virtual Switches Networking – Creating and Assigning Logical...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 3: Networking Part 2

    Hello Folks, This is the 4nd post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. Last week we covered setting Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2 and Clustering & Resiliency – Storage . Earlier this week we covered networking . Today we keep building our environment. In our “ from the ground...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 2: Networking

    Hello Folks, This is the 3nd post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. Last week we covered setting Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2 and Clustering & Resiliency – Storage . Today we keep going down the rabbit hole to see how deep it goes. Step 2 in our “ from the ground up ” series...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Clustering & Resiliency. Step 1: Storage

    Hello Folks, This is the 2nd post in our Hyper-V 2012 R2 from the ground up series. Earlier this week we covered setting Host Configuration using SCVMM 2012 R2. Today let look at Virtual Machine Clustering & Resiliency. As usual I encourage you to download Windows Server 2012 R2 or Hyper-V Server...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Tips: Adding the Active Directory Role to Member Servers

    IT professionals are usually pressed for time. Many that I have spoken to run by the mantra of “Doing more with less”. While some might think of this as only a monetary constraint, and in many cases it is a major contributor to the spoken IT mantra, time also plays a great factor in an IT...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: Host Configuration

    Hello Folks, Last week I wrote about the fact that we have been getting more and more questions regarding Hyper-V. Maybe it's the fact that we keep moving in the “leader” quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure . Or maybe its just because...
  • Blog Post: Step-By-Step: Managing Windows Server 2012 R2 Via Windows 8.1

    As you are aware, managing Windows Server 2012 R2 has been made easier through the introduction of Server Manager. The robust capability of the tool allow you to not only manage multiple servers, but roles and features as well. However, did you know Server Manager is also available for use through Windows...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: 2013 Recap and Up-coming Content

    Hello Folks, This is my first day back to work in 2014 and I want to start by wishing each and every one of you a happy new year. Now, I spent some time during the holidays to reflect on what Anthony and I have been doing over the past year and where we want to go in the new year. and we decided to stay...